X-Men turn Redmen blue after 4-1 quarter-final win

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The StFX X-Men used a balanced attack to cruise past the McGill Redmen, 4-1, in the final quarter-final of the 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup men’s hockey championship in Fredericton, Thursday. Four different players found the net for the X-Men, who become the third Atlantic University Sport representative to qualify for the semifinal round.

The X-Men got on the board early, courtesy of Matt Needham’s marker at 2:27 of the first. They doubled their lead at 14:35 of the second on a goal by Michael Clarke.

The Redmen got back into the game at the 4:04 mark of the third period, on a power play goal by Christophe Lalonde, but the X-Men put the game away with two goals coming 52 seconds apart midway through the period. Mark Tremaine scored at 12:09 for StFX, and Holden Cook closed out the scoring at 13:01.

The game was a physical affair, with Sam Studnicka of the X-Men being ejected for kneeing late in the second period, and McGill’s Samuel Tremblay receiving an early shower for a check from behind at 4:49 of the third.

For McGill, veteran goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 31 saves on 35 shots to take the loss. Chase Marchand picked up the win for the X-Men, making 21 saves.

StFX outshot McGill 35-22. The Redmen went 1-for-6 on the power play, while StFX was 0-for-4.

With the win, the X-Men will take on the Saskatchewan Huskies, who won Friday’s earlier quarter-final, in a national semifinal at 4 p.m. Atlantic Time Saturday. Acadia and the host UNB Varsity Reds will play in the other semi, set for a noon start.

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